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  1. thats about right. its been a requirement for testing for a long time, tho you could do the samples with the dripper method. however with the BS thats going around, the cost of testing is huge, so its a big $$ saving if you can do one test for 10 drums instead of 10 tests.
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  2. Homogenisation ..... When extracting honey we might do a run of 200 boxes in a day . We run yards of 48 hives to a yard, so potentially there are 150 boxes per yard that go into the bulk tank. The bees have already homogenised the brew .... they all came from the same area, right, but buyers are reluctant to buy unless you can say you have stirred the whole tank off ten drums, for as we all know honey settles in layers and each drum might be a little different, and the additional 50 boxes ,might be totally different .... heaven forbid, low quality Manuka. So the stirrer unites everyt
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  3. I recently did a AFB check for a new beekeeper who was really struggling to get someone to check 7 hives. I’m sure glad this newbie was there to explain the history of each hive as I would have been very confused with what I found. There was no AFB evident and I was happy to put my name on the sheet of paper to say so. But 5 of the hives had been attempts to split nukes off the one moderately strong hive due to worries it would swarm. The beekeeper had mistakenly identified drone cells for queen cells. But we had a grand time, they had never seen eggs or lava in the bottom of cel
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  4. Here's one I've just figured out... For most of my earlier years in the industry, the National Beekeepers' Assn had admin, accounting, and Executive Secretary services provided by the Pork Industry Board. For my first conference, 1975, Graham Beard was the Exec Secy, followed by David Dobson, and then Steuart Goodman. All up, the NBA worked with the Pork Board for about 20 years... Whenever anyone would ask "Why does the Pork Industry Board" do the admin stuff for the NBA, I had always assumed it was just some other primary producer body who saw the chance to take on
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